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How to Feel At Home in Senior Living

Sep 10, 2012 at 11:21

Some seniors resist moving into senior living because they may be reluctant to give up their familiar surroundings for a new environment. This is a normal feeling to have, but many elderly individuals will need to make the move to senior living at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do in most senior communities to make your new living environment more like home.

Prepare Ahead of Time for Senior Living

Depending on the facility, there will be certain items you are permitted to bring. Be sure to find out before you begin packing, and see if you can also obtain a floor plan. For instance, a nursing home may be less likely to allow larger pieces of furniture than an assisted living community, although those facilities could also be pre-furnished. It is especially helpful to measure large items to ensure they will fit comfortably in your new environment. Some facilities have rules regarding painting and making holes in the walls, so keep that in mind when making your plans for decorating. If you have any pets you would like to bring, make sure you understand the rules regarding pets and any associated fees.

Keep it Simple

Although it may be tempting to bring all of your possessions that will fit into your new space, be careful of too much clutter. You want to make sure you have plenty of room to get around comfortably without feeling overwhelmed. Most facilities advise bringing only the most cherished pictures, knick-knacks and keep-sakes – that way you still have a “home-like” atmosphere without cluttering up your space. The same also goes for clothing. While you want to make sure you have a variety of clothes for different weather and events, you don’t want to bring more than you will need. Some apartments in assisted living facilities feature small kitchens. If you will be moving into an apartment with a kitchen, be sure to find out ahead of time how much storage space there is for dishes and cooking equipment, and if there is a stove or just a microwave. If you are living alone, you will probably only need a few dishes and cooking utensils.

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